Vanessa lives in Brazil and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago. She is a journalist specialised in Health and works to bring awareness around diabetes in the media, scheduling interviews for doctors, nutritionists and people with diabetes, especially on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. Vanessa is a member of the Council of Associação de Diabetes Juvenil (ADJ), Member of IDF’s Blue Circle Voices and coordinator of an advocacy programme with 30 Brazilian Diabetes Associations. In her capacity as a journalist she has written 14 articles about diabetes for ‘De Bem com a Vida’ site and is a blogger for Convivência com Diabetes. She helps ADJ to fundraise and to organise events, and is a speaker on behalf of 30 Diabetes Associations in Brazil for improving diabetes treatment.